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Deformation Kinematics and Dynamics

Penn State has a group of faculty (Engelder, Fisher, Furlong & LaFemina) who use field observations of structures to evaluate the kinematics and dynamics of rock deformation in mountain belts, along plate boundaries, and within sedimentary basins.

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Plate Tectonic and Deformation Processes

Penn State faculty have ongoing research along active plate boundaries around the world including:

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Plate Tectonic and Deformation Processes
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Climate Risk Management

Anthropogenic climate changes pose serious risks.

How big are these risks? What are scientifically sound, economically viable, and ethically defendable strategies to manage them?

Analysing these questions requires fundamental advances in the involved disciplines (e.g., Geosciences, Geography, Economics, Engineering, Meteorology, Statistics, or Philosophy) as well as a tight integration across these disciplines.

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Astrobiology

A major research focus of astrobiology is enabling the recognition of signatures of life on the early Earth, in extreme environments, and in extraterrestrial settings.

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Astrobiology Research
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Summer Field Geology Program in Italy

Through the Penn State Office of International Programs, we offer a 6-week, 6 credit field geology program in Italy. This program includes two courses that can be used to fulfill degree requirements in Geoscience, Geobiology, and Earth Science.

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